Ancient Maps

The Nippur Map 1400 BC

The Nippur Map 1400 BC

“The University of Pennsylvania was excavating in Nippur (Iraq) from 1889 until 1900 and during that time they discovered thousands of clay tablets. This map may have been discovered at that time, but its importance was not recognized until quite some time later.” Babylonian tablet measuring 18 x 21 of“possibly the earliest known town plan drawn to scale[1]” concerns the…

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Turin Papyrus Map 1150 BC

Turin Papyrus Map 1150 BC

“Probably the world’s oldest topographical map … It was drawn about 1150 BCE by an Egyptian scribe named Amennakhte who prepared it for a quarrying expedition into the Wadi Hammamat (‘Valley of Many Baths’) in the middle of the Eastern Desert.  The map shows a 15-kilometre (9.5-mile) stretch of the wadi and its surrounding hills. The fragment pictured above–at the…

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